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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for Students (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas Bell, Mike Parr
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A well written book

It is an excellent book for the beginner; either a CS major or a self-paced learner. As long as you don't forget to concentrate on "Problem Solving by Abstraction" rather than trying to write a program in JAVA, this is the place to start. I found "Simply Scheme" was a very interesting source for abstract reasoning. Overall, "Java for Students" threaded the OOP well throughout the book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mark Setting the benchmark for wink 2k writting

this book is a must for everyone who is serious about windows 2000. Let me put things this way; I have read it from cover to cover and felt like i was reading a novel on "how to feel in love with win2k".
Mark Minasi is simply the best technical writer about windows 2000. you get the impression that he really enjoys himself passing his knowledge. the chapter on active directory is really compreenssive. the book addresses all types of sytem admins from single to multiple domain cenarios.
the chapter on deploying windows 2k itself pays the investment. from setup manager to ris services, you learn how to deploy multiple machines in a real quick and easy way.
even though mark is always stating that he feels his books are no study guides to pass MS exams, the truth is that i have achieved my mcse cetification with this book and the help of the transcenders - nothing else.
it's just a shame that this guy is not portuguese, so that i could go and see him speak about windows.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A complete and interesting book for those who take time.

Well this book is a good and a complete book. Many of the readers who are veterans may want to read more about algorithms and data structures require this book.
The book is complete and well formed. As for the Mix code(assembly) it is his way of telling us how to integrate the algo. into our coding. You must have a lot of patiences and dedication in reading the book. This book is not for amateurs. They must have at least a firm understanding of assembly language prior to reading this book.
The reason I bought all the books is b'cos it saves a lot of money. Imagine that you buying data structures for each language. Still the books does not allow you to port over the data structures to other languages(c,c++,java,pascal,.....). It is a de facto in algo. and data structures. This book is a great reference.
Ps. don't buy it if you just want to use data structures and algo. quickly.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: ABAP/4, Second Edition: Programming the SAP(R) R/3(R) System (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bernd Matzke
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This book is a poor learning tool.

I purchased this book to prepare for our company's move to SAP R/3 and to learn more about the ABAP/4 language. The book was originally written in German and translates poorly into English. Some of the programming examples do not show the resulting output. One example contained German wording (for vendor and product). If someone had exposure to R/2 or other earlier versions of SAP, this book might be useful, but for persons with no exposure to SAP, this book is a poor learning tool even though the author is quite knowledgable about ABAP/4 and SAP R/3.